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Staimans honored at Leadership Lycoming graduation

When Marvin Staiman passed away earlier this year, less than four months after his wife, Jean, who died in September, 2020, they left behind a legacy of service to the community that was honored at the Leadership Lycoming graduation by awarding them posthumously the Donna Bastian Leadership Lycoming Community Service award.

“Though Marv and Jean are not physically present, they have left us with the example of true leadership which is inspiring,” said Donna Bastian, who presented the award to the Staiman’s son, Richard.

Bastian shared the list of the couple’s accomplishments, which she called “extensive,” highlighting their commitment to their family and the community and their willingness to “give of themselves for the betterment of others.”

In accepting the award, Richard Staiman acknowledged that his parents had served tirelessly across many different community organizations to help the community and their fellow citizens.

“Though my parents would have been honored by this recognition of their work throughout the years, they would have appreciated even more your willingness to accept the challenge of leadership,” Staiman told the graduates and guests at the recent ceremony.

Donna Bastian, left stands with Richard Staiman and his wife, Allison Savoy-Staiman, who accepted the Donna Bastian Leadership Lycoming Community Service Award, which was given posthumously to Richard Staiman’s parents, Marvin and Jean Staiman for their years of service to the community.

Leadership Lycoming is a leadership training program designed to understand the needs of the communities it serves, then educate and motivate potential leaders to commit themselves to address those needs through a variety of community leadership roles, according to the mission of the group.

“Your involvement in our community starting with Leadership Lycoming is critical to our continued growth,” Staiman said.

“At a time when positive community-minded leadership is needed more than ever, I challenge each of you using Leadership Lycoming experience to continue the efforts of my parents,” he added.

Adam Dincher, who served as the class speaker, shared how the program had adapted to the events of the past year as the group had navigated the pandemic.

“If I had to think of a hashtag for this class, it would be hashtag: adaptable,” Dincher said.

“When I think of the words persevere, bold and fearless, I think of every single one of my classmates,” he added.

Jason Fink, president/CEO of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, also addressed the graduates.

He noted that the program offers the participants the exposure to different organizations and programs that “affect our daily lives here in Lycoming County.”

“You should have a better understanding of what makes Lycoming County work, what we do well and the areas we need to enhance and do better at,” Fink said.

“This program hopefully provides you the insight in ways you can become involved in advancing our community to the better of everyone,” he said.

This year’s graduates were: Amy Alexander, North Central Sight Services; Jessica Betz, Wilkinson Dunn Company; Mike Boughton, GEO Lycoming County Reentry Service Center; Taylor Chidester, Hope Enterprises Inc.; Megan Conrad, Larson Design Group; Adam Dincher, M&T Bank; Jackie Flanagan, UPMC Williamsport; Lynn Frey, Intermediate Unit 17; Betty Gilmour, First Community Foundation Partnership of PA; Brandon Griest, McNerney, Page, Vanderlin & Hall; Kacy Hagan, Lycoming College; Allison Holladay, Lycoming College; Maggie Kisick, Lycoming Engines; Jessica Laubach, UPMC Williamsport; Logan Leggett, Lycoming Engines; Morgan Madden, McCormick Law Firm; Alicia Naugle, The Muncy Bank & Trust Company; Kendra Parke, American Rescue Workers; Andrea Reed, UPMC Muncy; Laura Schenkel, North Central Sight Services; Erin Scholl, YWCA of Northcentral PA; Kyle Smith, Pennsylvania College of Technology; David Vest, Camp Susque; Eva Waldman, Genetti Hotel & Suites; Crystal Ward, Little League International; Rae Weber, Lycoming-Clinton Joinder Board; and Krysia Ziegler, Susquehanna Community Bank.

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